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Endorsement Rulings - Database
Trade Endorsement - Definition

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Aug 28, 2023 - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is charged with activities such as counter terrorism, border security, travel, and trade. Working with this agency will accordingly become a matter of necessity for commercial vessel operators and offshore recreational boaters. This profile will identify their involvement in such matters.

Pleasure Boats

Pleasure boats arriving by water into the United States from a foreign port must report to a CBP office immediately upon arrival. This includes those re-entering after visiting an offshore vessel or when taking on merchandise outside the territorial limits. More detailed information about this topic can be found in the WikiLinks.

Commercial Vessels

Matters involving the transport of passengers and materials in U.S. waters and between foreign ports will fall within the purview of he CBP. This includes enforcement and rulings with regard to endorsement requirements for documented vessels. Owners who are unsure of their specific circumstances can accordingly request a formal ruling  about the requirements for certain trade endorsements. Visit the WikiLinks for more information.

Importing & Exporting

The collection of import and export duties in the United States is implemented by the CBP. Information in this regard can be found in the trade and import WikiLink.


U.S. customs violations can result in severe penalties, forfeitures, and impoundments. The rules and procedures can become extremely complicated under various circumstances. Boaters my accordingly wish to seek the assistance of a licensed import broker, vessel documentation professional, or qualified maritime attorney.

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